Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sing You Home

I tried so hard to read this book slowly but I just couldn't help myself from gulping it!

Jodi Picoult has done it again.  She's created characters to love and a story that grabs hold and won't let go until you stay up late finishing it.

And this book is unique because it comes with a CD.  Jodi herself wrote the lyrics to the songs and her friend, Ellen Wilbur put them to music and sings them in her beautiful voice.  They add another layer to the meaning of the novel.

Zoe Baxter is a music therapist whose son is stillborn.  He was conceived through IVF and the three extra embryos were frozen for further use.  Her husband can't handle the idea of more tries after five attempts and leaves her.  Soon after, Zoe meets a new love and they want to use the remaining embryos to have a child.

But her ex-husband has other ideas for them.  What ensues is a legal fight to decide who gets them.

I like how Jodi wasn't in any hurry to tell this story.  She takes her time to develop the characters and situations so that the reader is fully engaged with it.  And I loved the pauses to listen to the songs; the haunting melodies stayed with me all day.

I cried in the first chapter and I cried in the last one.  Doesn't get much better than that!


birdermurdermama said...

This sounds like another heartbreaker from Picoult. I always think of reading her books as a very special gift to myself. Her work is always thought-provoking and mind-expanding. Thanks for the quick review, and now I'm off to order from Amazon.

Darlene said...

I'm glad to hear you liked this one Linda. I don't have the CD though as I have an advance copy but I'm looking forward to reading it.

Have a great week!